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COP21: Climate change and water - interview with IUCN's Mark Smith

'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview, Dr Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme, talks about the key role water plays in the climate change debate.  …  

03 Dec 2015 | News story

Cover: 'Climate Change and Water' Issues Brief

Building climate change resilience through water management and ecosystems

On the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the IUCN Water Programme has published a set of key messages in a new Brief aimed to help policy and decision-makers tackle climate change challenges. …  

01 Dec 2015 | News story

Denizen of oceans beyond national jurisdiction ...

Preparing for Negotiations on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

Two-thirds of the world's oceans lie beyond national jurisdiction. These areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) are of key importance for food security, carbon capture and scientific research. However, despite their importance, these areas have suffered from a lack of a governance framework that can ensure their conservation and sustainable use. To remedy this, the UN has started a diplomatic process on an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In early November this year, IUCN held a workshop for participants in this process to discuss potential elements of that instrument. …  

27 Nov 2015 | News story

'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work' Dialogue Synthesis Paper 2015_cover

New Nexus paper and blog: 'Nexus Governance: Harnessing Contending Forces at Work'

By Dipak Gyawali.  For many rural farmers, fishers and communities, food, water and energy resources are not considered as separate issues, they are just part of daily reality and need to be managed accordingly. Yet, the conceptual separation and consequent management of these resources is what has happened in the world of experts and government bureaucracies. …  

23 Nov 2015 | News story

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen and Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

IUCN and WWF announce new partnership to expand and strengthen protected areas

IUCN and WWF have joined forces to enhance and promote the role of protected and conserved areas in achieving sustainable development over the next ten years. …  

19 Nov 2015 | News story

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Blog: Cities and country, or cities versus country?

By Peter Newborne. Access to water is crucial in arid and semi-arid regions. A key question is how far cities can require distant rural areas to provide water for their – growing – inhabitants. …   | French

19 Nov 2015 | News story

SOS Save OUr Species, Coq En Pate, Koguma

SOS partner Coq En Pate's Koguma launches on Kickstarter

Imagine a polar icecap coming to life before your eyes through the power of your mobile phone! That's Koguma - a piggybank for wildlife, in the shape of a polar bear. …  

17 Nov 2015 | News story

Support The IUCN Red List Carnivorous Plants Campaign!

A campaign for carnivorous plants – IUCN Red List

Carnivorous plants are in danger. Their diverse beauty and unique behaviours make them vulnerable to over-collection for the horticultural trade. Poaching and habitat fragmentation and destruction, driven largely by agriculture, logging, and mining operations, represent major threats to many species. We urgently need to gain a better understanding of their global status, and we need your help! …  

17 Nov 2015 | News story

MEET stand at the London World Travel Market

Ecotourism in Mediterranean Protected Areas promoted at the World Travel Market

The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) project was exhibited their catalogue of 12 ecotourism packages at the London World Travel Market (WTM) held on 2-5 November at Excel London. WTM is the leading global event for the travel industry, attracting over 50,000 travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

IUCN and UNESCO welcome no-go pledge for World Heritage sites by Tullow Oil

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed a new commitment by British company Tullow Oil plc to stay out of World Heritage sites. The firm had received a licence to explore for oil in an area overlapping Kenya’s World Heritage-listed Lake Turkana National Parks. …  

12 Nov 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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